Milford Academy Produces For Spartans

Don't look now, but MSU is looking to land yet another football recruit from Milford Academy located in New Berlin (NY). Offensive lineman Jason Diehl is already on campus, cornerback Kenny Tinney has committed, and now MSU waits the Monday morning decison of cornerback Franchot "Boogie" Allen.

Allen, affectionately called "Boogie", is on a Iowa visit this weekend and "will sit down with his brother on Sunday night and make a decision," according to Milford head coach Bill Chaplick. Spartan fans and coaches will be on pins and needles until then.

The recruitment of Allen has taken many twists and turns. Rumors had swirled he had already had committed to MSU which were false. There have also been rumors about whether he was visiting Michigan or not.

When I talked to Coach Chaplick and defensive back coach Jeremy Enck last week, all indications were that Allen was down to three-MSU,West Virginia, and Iowa, and that Michigan was eliminated.

Shortly after, GSN talked to Allen himself, who gave differing information. "I already visited MSU for the Penn State game, and visited West Virginia on December 9th. I've still got Iowa on the 13th (of January) and Michigan on the 20th," stated Allen last week.

So you did not drop Michigan? "No, Coach Stripling had heard the same thing, and that I had verbaled to someone else, so he called, and I still plan on visiting Michigan," responded Allen. "I will make my decision after the Michigan visit."

What he said next surprised me even more. I asked if he might have even a slight leader for his services? "Well, if I had to pick a slight leader it would be West Virginia, but they are all pretty equal," added Allen.

So GSN asked Coach Chaplick today if Michigan was really eliminated. "Yes", stated Coach Chaplick, "I know that for a fact, that visit has now been canceled." Ah, the twist and turns of the recruiting process.

GSN asked "Boogie" about a comment from MSU recruit Kenny Tinney that he would try to help recruit Allen to MSU. "He's trying a little bit," laughed Allen.

I asked Allen what he liked about MSU and schools in general. "As far as MSU, I really like the facilities and coaches," said Allen. "I'm looking at schools that are desperate for corners. I'll be looking at the depth charts and early playing time. MSU, West Virginia, and Iowa-they all need corners."

What is your strength as a football player? "My size (6-foot-2 200-pounds), and my ability to cover my man." The coaches and a couple of your teammates say you are a big hitter as well? "A little bit," was the modest response from Allen. Some of that big hitting can be related to bloodlines, as his brother Gus Scott plays safety for the New England Patriots. Scott played for Ron Zook at Florida but both the Gators, and Illinois are non-factors in Allen's recruitment.

I previously asked his defensive back coach Jeremy Enck about Allen's ability. "Boogie has great feet, and great instincts," stated Enck. "He is the best corner I have had here in my two years at Milford. He is a great kid with his academics set." It should be noted that Allen told GSN that he ran a 4.5 forty, which is plenty fast enough, and not the 4.6 that some have listed him by.

When I told coach Enck that teammate Marques Slocum said he was "formed" already and not needing much time in the weight room, Enck concurred. "Oh yeah, he is already jacked up and a grown man already. The thing I like about Boogie is that he was set on wanting to be a corner 100% of the time, from the moment he got here, and not wanting to move around (to other positions)and is very coachable."

How might Allen view the graduation of a couple of cornerbacks, and questionable play of the MSU secondary, could that be a factor? "You bet," stated Enck.

Finally, I asked Coach Enck about Tinney's attempts to woo Allen. "Boogie is a leader," stated Enck, "Tinney can ask, but it will still be up to Boogie, he is his own man, and will make his own decision."

So, will be the third time be still yet another charm for MSU with Milford Academy? We shall see by Monday.

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